Senate debates

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Child Care

4:17 pm

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—
notes that:
the Government’s second prop-up of $34 million to keep ABC Learning operating until 31 March 2009, is due to expire in 2 weeks time, and
of the 241 failed centres due to be sold or closed, to date only 65 have been sold;
recognises that this crisis represents an opportunity for child care in Australia to be transformed from a market-driven industry to a vital community service and a government-supported first step in lifelong learning; and
calls on the Government to immediately make available capital grants funds and operational costs to assist not-for-profit child care providers in taking over the remaining centres.

Question put.